A 15-year-old boy (names withheld), who allegedly defiled his neighbour’s eight-year-old girl, was on Thursday granted a N500, 000 bail by a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.
The chief magistrate, Mrs. Nwachukwu Ipaye who gave the ruling said that the accused must provide two sureties as part of his bail conditions.
Ipaye said one of the sureties must be a property owner in Lagos State while the other must be a blood relation of the accused.
She also ruled that both sureties should provide evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
Ipaye ordered that the accused should be kept in the custody of the Correctional Institute for boys in Abeokuta, Ogun, until the bail was perfected.
She directed that the case file should be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice and adjourned to Dec.15.
The accused, who resides at No. 23, Onajimi St., Pedro, Surulere , had pleaded not guilty to a charge of defilement.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Anthonia Osayande had told the court that the accused committed the offence at his residence on Nov. 6.
She said the accused lured his victim to his parents’ apartment when they went to work and had a canal knowledge of her.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.